The Seasonal Evolution of a Duck Box
I have had this Duck Box on the edge of the East Fork of the Eno River in my backyard for 7+/- years. This is the first year it served as a successful nest site for 2 species, Wood Ducks and Eastern Bluebirds. Red Shouldered Hawks on the other hand have always found the Duck Box a productive hunting perch.
New Years Visitation
Beautiful hawk overlooking the wide pastures near barn. Was not very leary of me; but, all I had to work with was my cell phone camera.
Juvenile red-shouldered hawk and sibling calling, July 3, 2021
This is one of three juvenile red-shouldered hawks from a nest in our yard this summer. Video was taken through a monocular attached to an iPhone SE.
We have been fortunate for several years to watch a pair of red-shouldered hawks build nests and raise chicks near our home,
Red Shouldered Hawks and two chicks
Red Shouldered Hawk nest 2020
52 minute video covering early discovery of the nest, through successfully raising two chicks who are seen hunting after leaving the nest.
Red Shouldered Hawk Calling
Red-shouldered on Nest
Red-shouldered on nest at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN
Mama Red-Shouldered Hawk
This is the second year the hawks have used this nest (although they did skip last year). The nest tree is only 100 paces from our house.
Red Shouldered Hawk Babies
This nest was viewed on a daily basis as it was in my friend’s backyard. I photographed the babies weekly beginning at about two weeks of age and we were able to watch them grow, branch, and finally fledge.
I See You
This little guy fell out of his nest. He’s been doing great though. His parents found him and they are still feeding him. He hasn’t flown yet though.
Friendly juvenile Red-Shouldered Hawk
Photo’s of a young Red-Shouldered Hawk that stayed around our property for over a month while learning how to fend on it’s own. It would call to us from the oak trees when we were outside and liked to hunt the moles in our front yard. Even bathed often in a water pan we put out for it to cool itself in the extreme heat over 100 degrees up to 112 the first few days of July 2014.